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Old 06-08-2004, 02:04 PM
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Metal Polishing anyone?

I bought a new dremel to build my speaker box for the rear hatch and it came with some pretty neat polishing and buffing attachments...

I was planning on shining up the oil cap and the vanos unit on the engine...

Can you recommend some polishing compounds?
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Old 06-08-2004, 02:25 PM
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I was planning on shining up the oil cap and the vanos unit on the engine...

Can you recommend some polishing compounds?
Start with Tripoli and then the white rouge.
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Start with Tripoli and then the white rouge.
white rouge? I thought white was finer than rouge... two different things
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Old 06-08-2004, 07:32 PM
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white rouge? I thought white was finer than rouge... two different things
That's what Eastwood calls it, 3005 white rouge. For final coloring of metal. Removes scratches etc.
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Old 06-08-2004, 09:27 PM
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I was the ops manager for tiffany's, and we used all different types of rouges for polishing our silver and platinum jewelry. we would start with tripoli to remove the large scratches, and then progress to different rouges. usually, green, then red rouge for the final polish. you can also try different polishing clothes as well. i don't know too much about car parts, but if they are relatively small and flat, you can place the polishing cloth on a flat surface, put some polishing cream on it and run the item back and forth on the cloth quickly. it works great for the ultimate buff.

but then again... that was jewelry, and this is cars... maybe this was helpful.
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I've always had good luck with Flitz metal polish -- but at $24 for 5oz it's pretty pricey.
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I bought a new dremel to build my speaker box for the rear hatch and it came with some pretty neat polishing and buffing attachments...

I was planning on shining up the oil cap and the vanos unit on the engine...

Can you recommend some polishing compounds?
Connect to:
http://www.bright-works.com/store/html/index.html

They sell a book and video which explains things, which I purchased. They also sell stuff to do it.
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Old 06-09-2004, 04:32 AM
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I've always had good luck with Flitz metal polish -- but at $24 for 5oz it's pretty pricey.
I've been using Simichrome (sp?) for about thirty (30) years. It works well enough for me.
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What do you recommend for the cosmoline?
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What do you recommend for the cosmoline?
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That & fine Scotch-Brite pads. Go back over it with Nevr-Dull polishing wad with a little Simichrome thrown in for good measure and you'll be real proud of the results!

I was fortunate in that my 01 had very little on it from the factory. That and I took off as much as I could get to right away. The $hit is really baked on the 99 and I suspect could only be removed with dynamite...
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Old 06-09-2004, 03:37 PM
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Maybe I can just polish it off. My engine bay looks like and elephant sneezed in there. And I have scrubbed and scrubbed.
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I've been using Simichrome (sp?) for about thirty (30) years. It works well enough for me.
I will second the Simichrome (yes, that's the right spelling), but not the 30 years. It's the first thing I reach for unless I really need emery and a sisal buff to get started. Of course, I've yet to polish anything on the roadster; too many things to do, too little time...
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I am going to go with Ron's Suggetion and order a few of those compounds...

I can just get little wheels for the dremel cant I? The whole point is to use the dremel.

Oh, Ron, is there any point to the Video? I dont have a VCR so I doubt I would watch it more than once, I was just going to get the book. Comments, suggestions?
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On a related note... Isn't there some sort of sealing compound you can use on metals to keep them from oxidizing? I think I saw it on crank and chrome or two guys garage. Anyone remember what that stuff was?
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I use simichrome on the motorcycle. Most BMW riders use it to polish their blue header pipes. I gave up on mine and I'm leaving them blue. It just comes back after 100 miles.

But simichrome does work well.
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On a related note... Isn't there some sort of sealing compound you can use on metals to keep them from oxidizing? I think I saw it on crank and chrome or two guys garage. Anyone remember what that stuff was?
Metal wax? ZoopSeal? VHT clear coat? caswellplating.com is a decent resource (see their forums, or just post).
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I am going to go with Ron's Suggetion and order a few of those compounds...

I can just get little wheels for the dremel cant I? The whole point is to use the dremel.
Yes. See
http://www.dremel.com/html/products/accessories/cleaning.html
for the ones sold by Dremel. There are of course others.
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I am thinking of trying zoopseal...

Its off to Home depot again for polishing wheels and masking tape...
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